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AS/A2 Level Physical Education

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This is an ideal course for those students wishing to extend their Physical Education knowledge further and is an excellent extension to GCSE Physical Education. A Level PE will provide you with the gateway to a broad and interesting range of jobs and careers; ranging from PE teaching or coaching to Sports Therapy, Sports Psychology to Sports Marketing, Advertising or management.

The course will test students’ understanding of the various disciplines that ensure success in sport and will give them an insight into how they have got to where they are and how to progress within their own sports.

A Level PE gives the student, who has an interest in PE, an in-depth analysis of how we perform within a sporting context. The course covers four main disciplines – Sports Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics and the Sociology of Sport, with the focal point being the performer.

  1. Course Title

    AS/A2 Level Physical Education

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    OCR (H155)

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

A minimum requirement of a B grade at GCSE PE is required. A Level candidates need to be participating at club level in their strongest sport and have a keen interest in and knowledge of sport.

Candidates should also be aware that the course is predominantly theory based; because of the theoretical nature of the subject a BTEC Sport qualification is unsuitable for this course.

What will I learn on this course?

During the first year of the course, students will study two units of work, each of which having two separate strands.  They will discover how we develop physical skills, through the ‘Skill Acquisition’ unit. In this unit they will also look in depth at Sport and Society, which explores how sport has emerged and impacted upon various different cultures.  The second unit includes ‘Anatomy and Physiology’ and ‘Biomechanics’ in which students will not only learn about the different body systems, their responses to physical activity and the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, but will also develop an understanding and appreciation of the analysis of movement through a mechanical breakdown of physical activity.

In the second year, students will study three units of work; ‘Anatomy & Physiology’, ‘Sport and Society’ and ‘Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology’.

The ‘Anatomy and Physiology’ unit looks in greater depth at how the human body functions during sport and exercise.  Within this area of study, students will develop an understanding of how energy systems, nervous control and muscle mechanics all play a part in allowing the body to perform an infinite range of movements.  ‘Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology’, not only looks at how individuals take on and refine skills but also allows students to develop an appreciation of the psychological processes that affect sports performance.  The final unit ‘Sport and Society’ focuses on how and why our country has developed its sporting interest and in doing so, looks at how various sports have come into existence.

What key skills will I develop?

The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work by providing opportunities to acquire Key Skills in communication, Information and Communication Technology, working with others, problem-solving and improving their own learning and performance.

How will I be assessed?

AS May Year 12
2 Papers – both 1 hour 15 minutes (worth 35% each)

A2 June Year 13
3 Paper covering all 3 modules – One 2 hour long (‘Physiology & Biomechanics’)(worth 30%), two 1 hour long (‘Sports Psychology & Skill Acquisition’ and ‘Sport and Society’)(both worth 20%).

Coursework: Practical Assessment of Performance or Coaching along with an Oral Assessment in Year 12 & 13

Internally assessed and externally moderated. Practical coursework is worth 30% of AS + A2.  Pupils will be assessed in 1 practical activity in Year 12 and Year 13 or have the choice to coach their preferred sport.  Pupils will be expected to collate video evidence of their performance and attend an external moderation held by the exam board.  Practically the department offers a range of activities in conjunction to the school teams.

What could this course lead to?

Physical Education is essential for students intending to study Sports Science, Recreational Management courses and also useful for any career in the Leisure Industry.  The course allows suitable foundation for specialist study in both Physical Education and Sports Studies in higher education and are also suitable qualifications for other areas of study.  It will provide an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, sports marketing and management, health, leisure and fitness and professional sport.

Possible pathways include; Sports Studies, Sports Engineering, Sports Journalism, Sports & Exercise Sciences, Sports Management, Sports Psychology, Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Development Coach, Sport & Leisure Facility Design, Sociology of Sport, Education, Sports Technology, Sports Biology, Motor Sport Engineering, Sports Bio-medicine, Media and Culture.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

We will be providing all students with numerous opportunities to take part in our extensive leadership programme helping with younger students.  We will be adding to our already extensive residential opportunities with KS5 ski trips, outdoor adventure activities and an overseas sports tour.

Are there any additional costs for this course?

Students will be expected to be representing the school in extra -curricular activities for which we will be looking to design bespoke kits.

Any visits to stadium, courses, Universities or residential trips will have an additional fee.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Mr J Hillis –

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